The Kyocera Torque is another rugged smartphone that highlights build quality over stylishness and is currently available on Sprint's 4G LTE network. The phone ships with Android 4.0 and is up to IP67 standards.
As the first phone in the U.S. to feature Kyocera's Smart Sonic Receiver Technology, instead of a visible in-ear speaker, ceramic inducers transmit sound waves from inside of the phone and through the cartilage of the listener's ear. This is meant to amplify audio quality and clarity even in noisy conditions.
The Torque's lackluster 4-inch 800x480 resolution display could use a moment of force itself but considering the long list of extreme conditions the phone can endure, including blowing rain, low pressure, solar radiation, and salt fog, it earns its bold name.
Reliable performance and a reasonable price make the Torque the best rugged smartphone available but, considering CAT and Sony's upcoming releases, it might not stay that way for long. Read the full review here.
May 28, 2013 5:39 PM PDT
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| Caption by: Xiomara Blanco
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